My week in gaming

For the last week or so, I’ve been cycling between BDO, Bless, and (weirdly) Riders of Icarus. I am not sure what to say about that except that if you had asked me in 2005 if I was going to get heavily involved in games imported from Asia, I’d have laughed. Asian games seemed pointlessly grindy. (As if I didn’t grind and grind and grind some more in EverQuest. HA.) The sky seemed the limit for Western MMOs.

And I’ll be damned, the chicken was right– the sky fell. Crashed right down to what we have today.

Anyway, I ran errands, brewed beer and got my workers all working in BDO. That took some time. I did this all with my low level striker, who was already in the vicinity of Velia and Heidel.

They’ve got the place spruced up for Valentine’s day, so I took a couple of screenshots. My dude looks like he is trying to remember what he came here for.

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Then I played 3 hours of Bless, in which I figured out that I needed to do some upgrading of my character’s skills and the like to get through the Underground Prison in Marta. It was simple enough after that and I ended up breezing through twice, once for the main quest in there, and then to get to the dwarven chest at the end for a different quest. Then I ran around and did some other questing, until the game told me I had been playing for 3 hours and that playing games too much could affect my real life. My initial reaction was somewhere in the range of “You’re not the boss of me!” to “Did you just call me a loser?!” But the nanny game was right– I had other things to do.

The real surprise is the time I keep putting into Riders of Icarus. I am enjoying the taming aspect, and I have had some fun with my different characters running through quests. Mainly I just like catching things. I like that in Bless also. Gotta catch’em all, right?

I don’t know why the game didn’t stick when I tried it when it was new. It seems right up my alley. At first, I didn’t see many people around, and I thought maybe it was pretty “dead,” but as I move on a bit and spend more time in the game, I’ve started seeing more people.

Outside of the MMORPGs, I also played Dragon Age: Origins a bit, but it crashes a lot, at least in Windows 10. I tried some of the fixes I found online, but none of them worked for me. Alas.

So, that was my week in gaming. Woo.

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